Plot: Oakland baseball team won many games & reached "Playoffs". But, when they lose elimination games against Yankees, their general manager Billy Beane is very disappointed. He knows that several good players will soon be leaving them.

To avoid a spoilers, we recommend you to watch the movie to learn more, but here's few thoughts/lessons that inspires every hustler out there.

  • Don't stop believin'.
  • People are over-looked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws.
  • "Yale, economics, and baseball. You're funny, Pete" --> Nuture Passion!
  • Trade what you can, and prepare to lose!
  • Treat your employees like professionals. Everyone has a super skill. #Hiring
  • You think losing is fun?
Billy Beane: It's hard not to be romantic about baseball. 
    This kind of thing, it's fun for the fans. 
    It sells tickets and hot dogs. Doesn't mean anything.
Peter Brand: Billy, we just won twenty games in a row.
Billy Beane: And what's the point?
  • If you lose the last game of the season, nobody gives a shit. Really?
  • Records are not proxy for continuous winning.
  • "First job in baseball?" "It's my first job anywhere." -> (+1) #Hiring
  • Don't get complecent!
  • Anything worth doing is hard.
  • Your goal shouldn't be to buy players, your goal should be to buy wins.
Billy Beane: [during a meeting with his scouts] 
    If we try to play like the Yankees in here, 
            we will lose to the Yankees out there.
  • It's about getting things down to one number --> Analytics, rules!
  • Determine context – You can't judge just yet!
  • Recruit on potential and reward on performance.
  • "We're going to change the game." --> Be Ambitious!
  • Get good at seeing talent where others don't. #Hiring
Billy Beane: Guys, you're just talking. Talking, "la-la", like this is business as usual. It's not.
Grady Fuson: We're trying to solve the problem here, Billy.
Billy Beane: Not like this you're not. You're not even looking at the problem.
Grady Fuson: We're very aware of the problem. I mean...
Billy Beane: Okay, good. What's the problem?
Grady Fuson: Look, Billy, we all understand what the problem is. We have to...
Billy Beane: Okay, good. What's the problem?
Grady Fuson: The problem is we have to replace three key players in our lineup.
Billy Beane: Nope. What's the problem?
Pittaro: Same as it's ever been. We've gotta replace these guys with what we have existing.
Billy Beane: Nope. What's the problem, Barry?
Scout Barry: We need 38 home runs, 120 RBIs and 47 doubles to replace.
Billy Beane: Ehh!
[imitates buzzer]
  • Focus on the real problem! – Explain the why behind the how!
  • Are you taking a risk bold enough that might shake your confidence?
  • When your enemy's making mistakes, don't interrupt him.
Peter Brand: I wanted you to see these player evaluations that you asked me to do.
Billy Beane: I asked you to do three.
Peter Brand: Yeah.
Billy Beane: To evaluate three players.
Peter Brand: Yeah.
Billy Beane: How many you'd do?
Peter Brand: Forty-seven.
Billy Beane: Okay.
Peter Brand: Actually, fifty-one. I don't know why I lied just then.
  • Innovate to beat competition.
  • Give your client's more value, even if means nothing to them.
  • Be prepared to adopt non-traditional methods.
  • Management is about removing roadblocks – not micromanaging!
  • Pay attention to what influnces "change". Find influencers & hire them. #Hiring
  • Don't be limited by budgets. Money is always #2.
  • Can you stomach it when someone else gets credit for your work?
  • Real leaders have higher expectations.
  • People feared the change, but now it is the norm.
  • Everyone's happy to make a point of every small fault. Grow up!
  • Leaders let others shine.

Keep hustling folks!